Belief Bytes: Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup from RNS

What’s not to like about today’s Religion News Round-up from Religion News Service’s David Gibson.

There’s references to zombies, the Big Lebowski, Muslim beauty pageants and JFK.

Enjoy this excerpt:

“The protests and casualties in Cairo continue into a fourth day, raising concerns – and hopes – about what sort of Egypt will emerge from the tumult.

Three American college students studying in Cairo managed to make the story about them; they were arrested and accused of throwing flaming canisters and Molotov cocktails at Egyptian security forces.

If the trio need help with bail, they might call on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Washington archbishop and veteran globetrotter, who helped secure the release of two American hikers held in Iran.

McCarrick provided some fascinating details on that mission at a speech Monday night, but also suggested that U.S. diplomats need to do more to develop “religious channels” to other nations.

The more we learn about Jose Pimentel, the pot-smoking convert to Islam who was arrested on terrorism charges in New York, the more he makes the Big Lebowski look like an efficiency expert: turns out he couldn’t even drill a hole without help from his FBI informant pal:

“He’s like a zombie; he’s in limbo all the time,” said a neighbor of Pimentel’s, deploying an interesting amalgam of religious states.”

Read the rest of the post here.

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